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Sally J. Pla is an award-winning children’s author whose books have appeared on many state lists and “best books” roundups. THE SOMEDAY BIRDS, a Goodreads Choice Award Finalist, received the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award for its depiction of autism/disability, BENJI, THE BAD DAY, & ME received the San Diego Book Award for Best Children’s Book, STANLEY WILL PROBABLY BE FINE is a Bank Street, Kirkus, and NYPL Best Book of the year.

Her newest novel, THE FIRE, THE WATER, AND MAUDIE MCGINN, will release July 11, 2023 (Quill Tree Books).

Sally is also a neurodiversity/mental-health advocate. She runs the kidlit/mental-health web resource, A Novel Mind (https://www.anovelmind.com/). She believes in the beauty of different brains, and in s
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Sally J. Pla I love you back, Namrata! :-) I'm so grateful to you for reading and liking The Someday Birds, and for writing me this question. Hearing from kind peo…moreI love you back, Namrata! :-) I'm so grateful to you for reading and liking The Someday Birds, and for writing me this question. Hearing from kind people like you, it always makes my day.

I do have another middle grade novel in development right now. It is set about 100 years in the future, and it is about a young girl who is very different from the world around her, and her quest to save her best friend--who happens to be an unusual animal... It will be at least a year until this story is out in the world, but I deeply hope you will give it a try and like it. I've very much enjoyed writing it!(less)
Sally J. Pla Everything works better when you unplug it for a bit -- including us. So I take a creative break. I leave my laptop for a while. Read all kinds of dif…moreEverything works better when you unplug it for a bit -- including us. So I take a creative break. I leave my laptop for a while. Read all kinds of different, varied, new stuff, for fun. Relax. Make art. Play music. Think. Walk. Eventually, ideas start humming. (less)
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Raymie's been Shortlisted and I'm So Glad!

Hello Friends,

Kate diCamillo's wonderful middle grade novel, Raymie Nightingale, was shortlisted for a National Book Award today, and in honor of that, I am re-posting the review I wrote -- at two in the morning -- after staying up to finish reading it, the day it came out back in April. Needless to say, I'm a fan ;-) Here it is:

Raymie Nightingale Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

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“You got to get out into the field. Secondhand information in this world only takes you so far.”
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“I have a public bathroom rating system that I keep in my head, and anything that I think rates lower than two stars, I won't even enter.”
Sally J. Pla, The Someday Birds

“Doing something that scares one a little, each and every day, helps one grow as a person”
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Kira Hawke Hey there, Sally! Thanks for the friend request - I recognize you from Twitter and it's nice crossing paths again :)


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